Daily Archives: December 18, 2009

Auditioning for a major Hollywood role

For those of you are on Facebook, you already know this, but the Mann family is excited as all-get-out that Brittany has auditioned for a major role in an upcoming Hollywood movie. Yes, you’re not reading incorrectly, it’s true.

Now, we fully realize it’s a long shot for her to get the part (and she realizes it, too), but it’s a shot nonetheless. And Brittany is so excited to have had the opportunity to even do it. We really just stumbled upon it.

On Dec. 4,5 and 6, Brittany played the part of Imogene in the local production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Through that, she met some very talented folks and some very connected folks. We didn’t realize it at the time—Brittany just wanted to act. At the rehearsal on Wednesday, 12/2, Ashley Vlach, the man who played the Dad in the play asked if we’d heard about an audition for a Coen Brothers movie in Memphis. We hadn’t, of course. Ashley received the notice via some of the Mississippi acting e-lists he’s on, and gladly passed that info on to us (along with a couple of other possibilities for Brittany). The problem was the audition began at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Brittany’s performance was at 2 p.m. that same day…and the audition was 1.5 hours away.

After carefully calculating the time, though, –and deciding not to tell the play’s director—BJ and I decided that we could make the drive up and if we left by a certain time, could be back in time for the play. It gave us a very small window—about an hour and a half—to be seen. I thought it would be iffy, but we decided to make the trip (keep in mind we’d just hit the deer and were down to 1 vehicle—my truck!).

So, Brittany and I drove up to Olive Branch on Friday night after the opening performance and stayed with my sister, Angie. We got up at 5 a.m. and made our way to the hotel, arriving at just around 6. Only to find…

No one there.

Yes, Brittany and I were very surprised, also. We were anticipating huge lines. Those came later. But, we were the first ones there and were the only ones there until about 8. From 8-9 only a few others straggled in…but they began arriving in force at 9.

I must also say that I was very impressed with several of the parents who, when the lines turned into mobs, were quick to mention that Brittany was first in line. That really surprised me. As it turned out, Brittany did indeed go in with the first group of 10 girls and made the “first impression” cut (I call it that because I don’t really know what else to call it). She was given a few pages of lines and told to come back.

That story next time! J


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